14th of February 2016
After a delicious breakfast, we were ready to discover the beauty of the nature and country life with a guided tour. Concerning nature, it was really one of the nicest places, to which I have been. After we visited a local farmer, who introduced us to the art of planting tobacco and rolling cigars, we saw three sweeting guys plowing a field.
This was followed around the corner by the offer to try to plow yourself with two cows. I am not sure how much this was arranged for us tourist, but I could not resist to have a try. After the first lane, I got a lot better. Nevertheless, it is hard work to do it all day with the sun in your face. I feel fortunate to live in a western country.
I had the impression, that the development of the countryside is like 50-100 years back. Nevertheless, you can enjoy a live with a western standard, provided you have a lot of money, which more than 99% do not have. After a delicious dinner, we were ready to hike to the so called Silent Valley.
After we walked up a hill, we arrived at an organic farm and restaurant. Wonderful paths went into the wilderness of the Silent Valley. Crossing creeks, watching pigs enjoying the mud, discovering new plants, we arrived at a high house like a fire lookout tower. Climbing up the stairs, we had pleasant view towards the valley.
Later on, we went back to the organic restaurant with the best view, I have ever seen. There was no menu for food. They explained us, that they will bring food. And they did. Soon we were surrounded by 20 plates, with all kind of vegetables, salad, soup, rice, pork, lamb, chicken.
While we ate these delicacies, we enjoyed the sunset over the steep Mogote mountains of Vineales and the nice view. For me it felt almost like I have imagined paradise. The bill was delivered orally. Slowly the landscape turned into black, what forced us unfortunately to take our way back to our home.